Whitesmoke to the writer’s rescue
These built-in writing tools catch some of the more obvious things, such as misspelled words, but they’re near useless for grammar and punctuation. And they don’t catch things like missing words.
That’s why I was so thrilled recently when I discovered Whitesmoke. It’s not just a spell checker, it’s a comprehensive proofing and editing system that is a genius compared to what you get with word processing software.
There’s no substitute for a human proofing your copy, but this comes pretty close.
Whitesmoke isn’t a writing program. It’s a special application that runs in the background and integrates with whatever program you’re using. So no matter what you’re doing or what program you’re using, Whitesmoke is there to check your writing. Well, actually it doesn’t work with all programs, but it works with most of the ones you’re likely to use.
So if you’re writing with Word, entering text in a form, writing a message on a forum, or whatever, you can use Whitesmoke to scan for errors.
Let’s say you’re writing an e-mail message and you want to check it before you send. Just select the text and either hit the F2 button or click on the little floating button on your screen. You click on the suggestions you want to accept or click for more options. When you’re satisfied, click “apply” and the changes are inserted into the document.
Here are a few features:
- Grammar Checker that catches tricky grammar errors.
- Style Checker to help you improve sentences, vocabulary, and writing style.
- Spell Checker for ordinary typos and spelling.
- Punctuation Checker which is pretty amazing.
- Error Explanations, which tells you why you made a mistake so you can learn from it.
- Dictionary–Thesaurus, which is a little more robust than usual.
- 600 Letter Templates in case you need to write a letter and don’t know how to get started. This is not all that helpful for me, and I’m not impressed with the letters. However, maybe others would find this useful.
The other neat thing about Whitesmoke is that it offers a variety of specialized versions for general writing, business writing, creative writing, bio-tech writing, hi-tech writing, and executive writing.
You can see a short demo for a better idea of what Whitesmoke can do.
And if you’re interested but not convinced, you can download Whitesmoke and try it free.
If you try the demo, let me know what you think of it. It’s not perfect. And different writers will react differently to how it works. I think it’s good for proofing written copy when you don’t have a human proofreader. It’s great if you’re learning English.